Ranking the ‘Scream’ Films and TV Series

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3. Scream 4

Originally, Scream 3 was set to effectively conclude the franchise as a trilogy. Either they were dying to get Sydney Prescott back on movie screens again or they wanted to right the wrong that was Scream 3. In any case, Scream 4 was released in 2011 to put the film series back on track.

It seems that Wes Craven wanted to take this sequel more seriously than the last one, as the tone was already much darker and more in line with the first two films. The writer of those movies, Kevin Williamson, also returned to pen the script for Scream 4. With the key players of the cast returning, including Neve Campbell, David Arquette, and Courtney Cox, all of the pieces were in place for a new quality Scream film.

In the end, Scream 4 didn’t quite have the same charm as the franchise did at its beginnings. It’s an above-average horror film with no exceptionally bad or cheesy moments, but it didn’t exactly bring anything new to the table. But maybe that was the whole point— to celebrate the franchise by capping it off with a decent entry to the film series.

Who knows if there will ever be a Scream 5. If not, that’s OK, because Scream 4 is satisfying enough to end things there.

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